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NHS contribution to the Ebola epidemic

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Ebola virus

As the Ebola outbreak continues to claim lives in West Africa, experts from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are calling for the NHS to make a greater contribution to helping those affected. Professor David Moore, Dr Ron Behrens, and Dr Catherine Houlihan urge the NHS and the government to do more to enable NHS staff to take temporary leave of absence in order to go and provide medical support in the affected countries. This article was originally published in the BMJ as a response to a previous editorial. Read more

TB patient in Mumbai. Credit: WHO/Rochkind

How to hinder tuberculosis control: five easy steps

Tuberculosis (TB) control remains an important global issue, with 8.6 million TB cases reported by the World Health Organization in 2012 and 1.3 million deaths from the disease. Over 95% of tuberculosis deaths occur in low-and-middle-income countries.

Writing in an article for The Lancet, the…

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Health workers in Tanzania face hurdles in performing effective maternal death reviews

The system of Maternal and Perinatal Death Review in Tanzania focuses too much on reporting mechanisms, and undermines opportunities to improve quality of care at hospital level, according to new research published in Tropical Medicine & International Health. Researchers found evidence suggesting a dysfunction in the established system, with poor…

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A crowd gathers for a community meeting about family planning in Ghana.

Health concerns now biggest reason for women not using family planning in Ghana

Lack of access to family planning services is often considered to be a major reason for women not using contraceptives in sub-Saharan Africa. However, health concerns and fear of side effects are now playing a more significant role, according to new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in Unmet Need for Family Planning – a special issue of Studies in Family Planning journal. Read more

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Welcome to the world’s leading research-focused graduate school

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been named as the world’s leading research-focused graduate school,  and is now highly rated in a number of world rankings. In May 2014,  the School was ranked in the top 10 of all universities both for citation rate and for top cited publications by the new EU-supported U-Multirank database, and fourth in the world, behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford and Harvard, for impact in medical sciences in the Leiden Ranking 2014*. Read more

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New Global Atlas of Helminth Infections website

The Global Atlas of Helminth Infections (GAHI), based in the Department for Disease Control at the School and led by Prof. Simon Brooker, have launched a new website. is a leading resource on the geographical distribution of neglected tropical diseases, and now searching for maps and data is even easier. Read more

Anopheles gambiae

School-based malaria screening and treatment not effective in improving health or educational achievement

A school-based malaria screening and treatment program in rural coastal Kenya had no benefits on the health and education of school children, according to a study in PLOS Medicine. The study, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, included 5,233 children from 101 government schools. Read more

UK Parliament welcomes mental health innovations

On the back of the publication of a landmark report on mental health at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Lord Nigel Crisp, former Chief Executive of the National Health Services, yesterday addressed the House of Lords to ask the government what is their response to the recommendation for improving mental health globally made at the summit. Read more

Innovations in mental health

Diagram from Innovations in Mental Health reportA report highlighting a range of innovations to tackle global mental health problems has been presented at the World Innovation Summit for Health in Doha, Qatar. Transforming Lives, Enhancing Communities: Innovations in Mental Health, a report by the Mental Health Working Group 2013, was discussed at the global summit by co-author Professor Vikram Patel from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Read more